BONTOC, Mountain Province – Police and environment agencies will hold an investigation to find out who are behind the operation of a logging hotspot discovered at Sitio Gutang, Barangay Balintaugan in Bauko, Mountain Province.
EYE IN THE SKY -- The Philippine Air Force Tactical Operations Group 1 choppers provide aerial backup after airlifting policemen to the site of a logging hotspot in Bauko, Mountain Province over the weekend. C/Supt. Ulysses Abellera and PENR-Mountain Province Officer Octavio Cuanso inspect some of the lumber recovered by government personnel on-site. Reports have it that the site of logging activities covering six hectares also covers the boundary of Tadian and Sagada. -- Harley Palangchao
Newly proclaimed reelectionist Benguet Rep. Ronald Cosalan and comebacking official Crescencio Pacalso, who won the gubernatorial post, vowed to continue serving the province with various programs in the pipeline.
Mayor Mauricio Domogan is set to sign notices of demolition against owners of buildings at Gibraltar barangay, who were earlier enjoined by the court from occupying portions of the Forbes Park forest and watershed reservation.
SLOPE PROTECTION -- Despite the presence of bamboos that are best alternative to prevent soil erosion, a section of Kennon Road at Camp 8 is being stabilized after portions eroded during a typhoon last year. Motorists hope that once the project is completed, the expanded area will not be used as parking for private vehicles. -- Ofelia Empian
SEIZED CONTRABAND -- Kapangan Municipal Police Station under S/Insp. Anderson Mauricio conducts an inventory of the more than six kilos of marijuana bricks worth P786,000 abandoned by an unidentified person inside a bus bound for Baguio on May 19. Kapangan barangay and town officials led by mayor-elect Manny Fermin witnessed the inspection.
-- Kapangan PNP
REFORESTATION -- The National Greening Program in Benguet and other parts of the Cordillera is gaining ground with trees planted several years ago showing high survival rate like this pine stand in an unstable section of a road going to Palasaan, Mankayan, Benguet. DENR personnel earlier conducted aerial monitoring of the various sites of NGP program in the province. -- Harley Palangchao
LEVEL 2 HOSPITAL -- The Luis Hora Memorial Regional Hospital under medical center chief, Dr. Glenn Mathew Baggao, which is located in Abatan, Bauko, Mountain Province has tremendously improved its services and management since becoming a regional hospital for the Cordillera. A dialysis center and administrative building worth P17 million have its groundbreaking on May 18 to further improve the hospital’s services. -- Harley Palangchao
ACADEME VISIONARIES -- Newly installed Benguet State University President Feliciano Calora Jr., PhD (center) is welcomed as the sixth institutional head of one of the premier state-run universities in the country by his predecessors namely (from l) Fortunato Battad, Cipriano Consolacion, Rogelio Colting, and Ben Ladilad during investiture rites last week. -- Ofelia Empian
CARROT WASHER -- A mechanized carrot washer temporarily set up at the Benguet Agri-Pinoy Trading Center will aid local farmers in washing root crops before shipment to various market outlets in the country. Donald Mateo of PhilMech, the designer of the machine, demonstrates how to operate the machine during the Highland Vegetable Investment Forum cum Trade Fair held at the BAPTC last week. -- Ofelia Empian
IGOROT PRIDE IN EUROPE -- Three-time world and six-time European kata champion Julian Chees of Maligcong, Bontoc, Mountain Province joins five other karate masters led by 9th Dan Shihan Hideo Ochi in teaching karatedo practitioners from all over Europe in Germany recently. Chees was the only Filipino drafted to join the German national team decades ago. -- JPC website